Current & Upcoming Events

Oecologies: Inhabiting Premodern Worlds is a research cluster supported by The University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. Oecologies periodically hosts and participates in conferences and colloquia. If you have questions about Oecologies, please contact Justin O’Hearn.

Saturday 18 March 2017

51st Annual Conference of the Medieval Association of the PacificMarch 16-18, 2017 (Los Angeles, CA)


Session 30. Coyote, Raven, Moa: Medievalism, Animals, and Indigineity around the Pacific Rim [ROOM TBD]

Presider: Anne Laskaya (University of Oregon)

Coyote and Raven Meet the Beasts of Battle: Interrupting the Human
Mo Pareles (University of British Columbia)

Chaucer’s Foules and Fools
Wallace Cleaves (University of California, Riverside)

“to smooth down their dying pillow”: Buller’s Birds and the Māori in New Zealand Colonial Medievalism
Robert Rouse (University of British Columbia)

Cannon Schmitt_photoTuesday 21 March 2017

We are excited to range forward in time to the nineteenth century and to host Professor Cannon Schmitt (Professor and Associate Director of the PhD program in English at the University of Toronto). Professor Schmitt is the author of two books, Darwin and the Memory of the Human: Evolution, Savages, and South America (Cambridge University Press, 2009; paperback reprint 2013) and Alien Nation: Nineteenth-Century Gothic Fictions and English Nationality (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997), and co-editor of Victorian Investments: New Perspectives on Finance and Culture (Indiana University Press, 2008). His essays have appeared in RepresentationsVictorian StudiesELHGenre, and elsewhere. His current SSHRC-funded book project, which is tentatively titled The Literal Sea, hypothesizes that the ocean and associated phenomena—tides, prevailing winds, marine engineering, ships under sail—constitute a privileged locus of the literal in Victorian fiction. His talk, which draws from this new work, is titled “Soft Water: A Metaphor and Its Vicissitudes.”

The talk will be held on 21 March 2017 at 4:30PM in Buchanan Tower 1197 as part of UBC’s Science and Technology Studies (STS) Colloquium

Cannon Schmitt.jpeg


Friday 7 April 2017

Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting (Atlanta, Georgia)

9:00 to 10:30 am

Plenary Session: Queer Natures: Bodies, Sexualities, Environments
Session Organizer: Karen Raber
Chair: Mario DiGangi (Lehman College, CUNY)

Love in a Time of Swarm
Joseph Campana (Rice University)

Fruits and Vegetables
Vin Nardizzi (University of British Columbia)

Karen Raber (University of Mississippi)

“Nature’s Changing Course”: The Non-Comparisons of Sonnet 18
Laurie Shannon (Northwestern University)

Monday 12 June & Tuesday 13 June 2017

The International Spenser Society Presents “Spenser, Poetry and Performance” at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London.

Panels on various topics including Performing Materiality and the Non/human, which may be of unique interest to eco scholars.



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